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Dhankar Gompa (Monastery) in Spiti - The setting of the monastery in Dhankar is nothing short of spectacular, located at height of apprx. 3,900m (12,774 feet above the sea level) near the confluence of Spiti and Pin rivers.

Dhan means cliff, and kar means fort, hence Dhankar means "fort on a cliff". And this is the uniqueness of this monastery. It appears to be perched on a razor’s edge on the left bank of Spiti River. It virtually appears to be hanging in the air giving an impression to the onlooker that it will fall very soon. The monastic complex is built on a 1,000-foot (300-metre) high clay spur overlooking the confluence of the Spiti and Pin Rivers, above Shichilling village – one of the world’s most spectacular settings for a gompa. The houses of the monasteries fit in to the nooks and crannies of the cliff.. Dhankar is one of those places where you lose sense of space and time!

The monastery belongs to the Gelugkpa School of Order and serves as the residence of approximately 150 monks.

Its very dark inside the monastery with the musty smell of old parchment books hanging in the air. The small window provided light from outside to those who wanted to go to the upper floors of the monastery. I liked the lively & wonderful red & blue shades and the contrast with the staircase....

This may well be the most famous window In Spiti, at least photographically...given the number of pictures I've seen in the www

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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7726 W: 324 N: 15467] (54513)
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